Children

Children in Worship

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

During the Transfiguration of Our Lord children’s sermon, Pastor Reep and the children buried the Alleluia in an Easter Egg which will be brought back on Easter Sunday.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

The Christian Education Committee presented students with Bibles.  Students entering first grade were given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade were given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade were presented the NRSV Student Bible.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  In conjunction with the Youth Ministry of the congregation, we invite children grades 1 through 6 to attend one of our programs that are designed to help them in reading the Sunday lessons so they can become young lectors on Sunday mornings.  During the program they will have a lunch, learn the bible story and do a creative activity.  Young Readers Group is for grades 1, 2, and 3 and Adventure Time is for grades 4, 5, & 6.  Young Readers will meet Sunday, January 14 from 11:30-12:45 and Adventure Time will meet Sunday, January 28 from 11:30-12:45.  Students entering into Confirmation Ministry will be using their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.

Sunday School

Beginning January 7, 2018 classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.  We will have classes for the following age groups:

*Nursery (ages 0-3)

*Preschool (ages 3-Pre-K)

*Kindergarten – Grade 2

*Grade 3-6

*Grade 7-12

Nursery through Grade 2 will begin together each week with Godly Play (music and movement) led by Emily Reep.  This was a big success last year as parents and children joined in on the fun.  Parents of children younger than 2 are asked to stay.  Groups will then split for their lesson.

Godly Play

Kindergarten-Grade 2

Grades 3-6 will begin with light breakfast and conversation as they catch up on each other’s week, followed by a lesson.  Children will begin the year with stories from the Old Testament.  They will meet many characters including Joseph, Moses and King David.

Grades 7-12 Mornings with Miss Kelly will gather for a conversation and learning based on a variety of current topics.  Miss Kelly will be supported by guests who will provide added theological and Biblical commentary.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

 Acolytes – See Pastor Reep if you have a son or daughter that would be interested in becoming an acolyte.  See More

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our young people.  Please note that each lesson builds on the previous one so regular attendance is encouraged.  The dates for Communion instruction will be announced.

Confirmation Ministry Catechetics – The Confirmation Ministry Catechetics are held Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This confirmation ministry for the congregation is held in conjunction with 7 other Lutheran congregations in York.  There is a fall term and a winter/spring term.  Starting date for the fall 2017 program is 9/17.   Luther Memorial Church is hosting during our renovation.  Interested people should contact Pastor Reep!

Our 2017 Confirmation Class!

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Children’s Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Church Summer Camp – The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families.  Camp brochures are mailed out in the spring.  If you think your child/youth or family would be interested in attending church camp, see Kelly Moore-Spencer.  The camp brochures explain all the camping experiences offered at Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at  www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camps offer–Christian Community, Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, See Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.

While attending camp, faith is renewed and the fabric of the Church is strengthened during a refreshing outdoor experience with other children from multiple parishes.  The Lutheran Camping Corporation and St. Paul’s both offer scholarships to help with the cost to children from the congregation who wish to participate in outdoor ministry.

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4